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incubate

in·cu·bate

incubate

pronunciation:
Ingk y beIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: incubated, incubates, incubating
definition: to keep warm until time to hatch.
A hen incubates her eggs by sitting on them.
derivation: incubative (adj.)
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Incubate comes from incubare, a Latin word that means "to lie on." A hen lies on its eggs to keep them warm enough for growth and life to continue.
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